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Good News In Arab Poll

The Zogby poll of Arab attitudes for the Arab American Institute had some bad news for the White House, but there was also some pretty good news in it.  The best?  That Arabs are more worried than enthusiastic about the Arab spring.  66 percent of Moroccans polled said that the Arab Spring had either made things worse or that it was too soon to tell; 67 percent of Egyptians shared those views.

This is excellent news; nothing is more fatal to the rise of democracy that fatheaded revolutionary enthusiasm.  Freedom like the stock market climbs a wall of worry; the American founding fathers were terrified of the pitfalls facing our young nation, and those fears led them to write a much smarter constitution than anything their more optimistic and fervent French counterparts came up with at the time.

Be afraid, be very afraid — and you just might come up with institutions you can live with.

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